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New year, blank slate…with a little color.

Ikea Hack: Kitchen Table

Ikea Hack Dining Table

When I first moved into my apartment, I knew this little corner would be the perfect nook for lazy weekend breakfasts. I came up with this Ikea hack because I already owned this table but the top was too big for the space. Since there were so many other pieces of furniture I needed to purchase for the apartment, having had to transition from a SoCal loft to a city apartment (read small), I had to keep budget in mind, so I paid a visit to good ol’ Ikea. I decided to purchase a countertop from the kitchen department (similar one here) and attach it to my table base for a cheap-o Saarinen-esque feel. I thought it turned out pretty good, if a little unstable. After two years of unstableness, I decided it was time for a new base scenario…will share photos of my new-ish kitchen table soon.

Hello 2014

Modern rustic interior design

I’m writing my first post of 2014 on my new-ish kitchen table which I’m interpreting as stability and strength for the new year. My previous kitchen table was never really stable, it was an Ikea hack (that I will post about tomorrow) that looked good from afar but was a bit flimsy-flopsy once you actually sat at it. It did an okay job as far as tables go, you could just never fill your cup of coffee all the way up for fear that it would spill over if you put your elbow on it the wrong way. This project has been on my to do list for quite a while.

It was a pretty minor DIY project, but I needed the assistance of another person, so I enlisted the help of my husband. We both stayed calm for the most part, there was minimal bickering and at the end we were both very happy with the result. Now, I have a stable place to eat breakfast in the morning, read the paper and plan my day. This little home project was a good way to start the year in many ways as it symbolized a lot of my goals for 2014.

-Living in such a fast paced world, it’s challenging to take things slow and take your time with things and people. I’m choosing to slow down and practice patience more.

-Like many of you, I have a never ending list of things to do and accomplish in life, work and home. I’m choosing to take action and just do it already, one thing at a time.

-This goes with practicing patience and taking action, I choose to take the time to build a strong foundation for myself and work. For myself, this means making the time to work out and eat a balanced diet. This has more to do with being healthy (not just skinny) so that I can live a long and prosperous life so that I can accomplish my goals and be there for the people I care about. For work, this means finishing that business plan and getting help with Quickbooks because I’ve realized I can’t do it on my own.

-I love technology as much as the next person, but I’m choosing to scale back on tech and calm it down a bit in that area of my life. A baby step I’ve already taken is not scrolling through my emails, Instagram, Facebook, etc. first thing in the morning. How many of you wake up, roll over, turn off your alarm and then immediately check social media or your emails?? Then get frustrated by some annoying selfie or email? This little step of taking the time in the morning to set positive intentions for the day without any noise from the internet has been a good one.

-I consider myself to be a generous person, but I definitely feel that I can give more in my life. As a Gemini, I think I’m as much a giver as I am selfish. By giving more, I’m hoping that I’ll become less selfish and others will benefit. I’ve already started by donating to charities (mostly animal ones because I’m a sucker for little furry friends). I’m not exactly wealthy, but I think every little bit counts, so I think twice when eye-ing that tray that would look great on my entry table or those new pair of shoes. I want to share more useful information on this blog so that decor-obsessed readers can benefit. I also want to give more to my friends and family, whether that be my time, attention or just lending an ear.

That’s my list/resolutions/goals/whatever you want to call them for 2014. New year, new table, new me.

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Merry Merry!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

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